Battery Operated Cordless Nailers – Be Informed
Editorial – Cordless Finish Nailers
The most recent entry into this category is Milwaukee with several new battery powered brad/finish nailers. With those new releases there have been several articles and videos on the internet regarding Milwaukee finish nailers and run time tests – problem is RUN TIME tests are flawed.
Before designing a run time test we should ask ourselves how many nails the average trim carpenter uses in a given day. A box of finish nails is often 500 to 1000 fasteners. I don’t know many trim carpenters that will shoot an entire box in a day.
So the real question with these new nailers is: Does RUN time even come into play? With increased battery sizes and performance, it’s hard to imagine that run time will be a deciding factor in which nailer you purchase.
In addition, most of the tests we’ve seen so far are seriously flawed with regard to the use of bump mode. These tools are NOT designed to run at a sprinters pace….trim carpentry is slow and methodical craftsmanship not guerilla warfare! That is why these tools are really designed to operate at a normal fastening rate for FINISH carpentry, NOT framing.
Rapid fire run-time testing is NOT realistic. This might make a fun video but anyone using a finish nailer in this fashion isn’t a PRO and likely isn’t successful in his or her business. PRO tradesmen wouldn’t abuse their tools in this fashion so we fail to see any good reason to evaluate the tool in this way. The one exception would be that this is a good way to see how manufacturers have designed their tool to shut down if the overuse could cause damage to the tool. Having that type of built-in protection certainly is nice piece of mind for your investment.
Frankly, the results don’t really tell us much. Some of the recent posts we’ve read seem focused on bashing the new Milwaukee nailers based solely on rapid fire bump testing. We certainly don’t agree with this assessment and think you should be careful with those type of reviews.
Here’s What You Should Be Considering
Is the nailer well made, durable, and performs to the level that makes your work efficient and trouble free. Does the cordless nailer compliment the existing battery platform you’re already using for other cordless tools? Does the nailer use readily available fasteners that you can pick up at your local lumber supply house?
We’ve tested many of the current cordless nailers available on the market. In a recent article we compared some of the best cordless finish nailers on the market and found them to be future of finish nailing and likely the beginning of the end for pneumatic finish nailers.
Rob recently did a review of the new Milwaukee Cordless Brad Nailer and had great things to say about it. I’ll be reviewing this new tool as well here on TBB very soon with an eye on comparing it to the recent head to head we did on cordless nailers. Based on both of our initial assessments of this new tool we really feel that some of the other reviews and videos are misleading. Many of the cordless nailers we’ve tested are well built and perform very well. We certainly didn’t make our judgements of those nailers by who could shoot the fastest!
The bottom line is this, don’t believe all they hype you see/read from folks that don’t make a living with these tools. Do your home work, take the time to think about how you use the tools and then find reviews and videos that address those concerns. We certainly don’t have all the answers, but I can assure you we work hard to provide honest feedback about tools we use to make a living.
Video Editorial – Cordless Nailer Evaluation
Here are some thoughts from Rob as well:
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